Community right to bid

Certain community and voluntary organisations have the right by law to nominate local land or buildings to be included in a list of assets of community value.

Community value

  • The main use of the asset (currently or in the past) furthers the social wellbeing or cultural, recreational or sporting interests of the community
  • It will continue to further the social wellbeing or interests of the local community, or will do so again in the next five years

Examples could include

  • Shops
  • Community centres
  • Playing fields

Examples cannot include

  • Buildings used as administrative offices
  • Land or property where community use isn’t the main function

If the owner of a listed asset wants to sell it, they must let us know first. An initial period of six weeks is then given for local community groups to register an interest in making a bid to buy.

If an interest is registered by an eligible voluntary or community body, the asset cannot be sold for six months. This gives time for a proposal to be developed and capital to be raised to bid when the asset comes onto the open market at the end of that period.

Eligible voluntary or community bodies

  • Unincorporated bodies with at least 21 local individual members who appear on the electoral roll for Barking and Dagenham or a neighbouring local authority, and which do not distribute any surplus they make to their members
  • Charities
  • Companies limited by guarantee that do not distribute any surplus they make to their members
  • Industrial and provident societies that do not distribute any surplus they make to their members
  • Community interest companies
  • Neighbourhood forums, as designated under the Town and Country Planning Act

The listing of assets is to allow time for groups to prepare a bid alongside other potential buyers if the asset comes up for sale within 5 years of listing. Any sale, after the 6 month period, takes place under normal market conditions.

The owner is under no obligation to sell to a community group
Community groups that have registered an interest are under no obligation to bid or purchase.